The Best Full Face Helmets for 2021

We’d Know: We’ve Hands-On Tested 400+ Helmets Since 2000

 

Entry-Level

Priced under $300, these helmets are ideal for new riders or value-conscious shoppers.

See: Entry Level Helmets

Mid-Range

Priced $300-$500, these helmets are feature rich and offer excellent protection.

See: Mid-Range Helmets

High-End

Priced $500 and up. Simply the best of what is available in the full face segment.

See: High-End Helmetsl

 

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Priced under $300

Best Entry Level Full Face Helmets

Bell RS-2 Helmet

Bell RS-2

Price: $299

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

This DOT and ECE certified helmet comes with the convenience features most riders want in a full face: an integrated sun visor, light weight, and solid construction. Two separate reviewers tested it and both thought it that it was a solid helmet. Be warned: it’s loud, so either wear earplugs or considering in a mid-range/higher-end helmet that is better at managing road noise.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 3.28lbs
  • DOT & ECE certified

Our In-Depth Review

During her review last year, Donna commented that the face port is super huge and offers riders great visibility. She also noted that the quality of construction is far higher than helmets in this segment are typically known for. Read the full 1,500+ word review.

 

Scorpion EXO-R710

Scorpion EXO-R710

Price: $199

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

This $200 helmet is a value superstar. At least, that’s what Cameron declared when it reviewed it in May of this year. Excellent ventilation, good construction, and awesome aggressive looks. However, it’s also pretty noisy and it doesn’t come with an internal sun shade. But… it’s SNELL certified!

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 3.6lbs
  • DOT & SNELL certified

Our In-Depth Review

If you want an inexpensive helmet that looks great and will keep you cool, you won’t find a better helmet for $200. Period. Don’t believe us? Read 2,000+ words explaining why.

 

Icon Airflite

Icon Airflite

Price: $250

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

This lid is an excellent affordable helmet with numerous features, a comfortable fit, and a very reasonable price. The helmet features a very large and oddly shaped face shield that you can get in a variety of colors.

The Airflite also gets a polycarbonate shell that comes in three different sizes, large air vents, a fog-free inner sun visor, removable side plates, a molded breath deflector, chin curtain, and a Hydradry moisture-wicking liner that’s removable and washable.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 3.74 lbs
  • DOT certified

In-Depth Review

Kathy was able to review this helmet and she came away impressed with the lid. It’s a lid that kind of defies expectation. It also doesn’t fit into a specific style of riding easily. Kathy found it to be comfortable and high-quality. However, she did note that the lid is a little heavier than some other options out there and the chin bar is just a little bigger overall than the other lids out there. Otherwise, if you like to look, this is a fantastic choice.


 

Priced $300 – $500

Best Mid-Range Full Face Helmets

Shoei RF-1200

Shoei RF-1200

Price: $498

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

This SNELL rated full face from Shoei is legendary. Now entering its sixth year on the market, few helmets do everything this helmet does as good as it does it. The RF-1200 is hard to beat for the price.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 3.5lbs
  • DOT & SNELL certified

Our In-Depth Review

Originally reviewed in 2013, the RF-1200 remains a heavyweight in the segment due to its exceptional fit and finish, good looks, and optical quality. It doesn’t quite compete with some higher-end helmets, but it comes close to helmets costing 50% more. Read the in-depth review.

 

AGV K6

Price: $449.95

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

I decided to drop the Schuberth R2 from this list due to limited availability and replace it with a much better overall helmet anyway. The AGV K6 is a force to be reckoned with, and I’ll explain why.

Have a carbon fiber helmet option in the sub $500 price range is one thing, but having a full face DOT and ECE approved helmet come in under 3 pounds is just insane. This helmet, despite its wickedly rigid construction, manages to tip the scales at a meager 2.95 lb. That’s lighter than some of the best open-faced helmets available.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 3.69 lbs
  • DOT & ECE certified

Our In-Depth Review

Coming Q2 2021!

 

HJC RPHA70

HJC RPHA70

Price: $375

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

The RPHA70 is HJC’s latest offering in the mid-range segment and it definitely punches above its weight (and price). It brings a lot of value, with an included anti-fog insert, and integrated sunshade, and excellent ventilation. It’s hard to beat a combination like that.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 3.4lbs
  • DOT & ECE certified

Our In-Depth Review

Made in Korea, this HJC was reviewed hands-on by Brandon back in January of 2018. He loved how smooth the visor controls were and how freely it flowed air. Fit and finish was also impressive, though he noted that he wished accessing the lower vent was less of a hassle. Read the full review.

 

Shoei RF-SR

Price: $419

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

The RF-SR was made with quiet and comfortable riding in mind. Just look at the shell design; sleek and line-free for aerodynamic greatness developed through tons of wind-tunnel testing.

This is the cheapest price point you will ever find a Shoei helmet at, and despite being a cheaper alternative to the RF-1200, you won’t be missing out on much. It’s quiet, safe, and even features replaceable cheek pads so you can get the perfect fit for you.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 3.66 lbs
  • DOT and SNELL M2015 certified

Our In-Depth Review

Rick gave one of the deepest reviews we’ve ever seen posted to the WBW blog regarding the Shoei RF-SR. He said, “The Shoei RF-SR is an excellent introduction to the Shoei family. It has just about everything you need and nothing you don’t, making it difficult to pay more and get, well, just a little more.” Read the full review here.

 


 

Priced $500+

Best High-End Full Face Helmets

Shoei GT-Air II

Shoei GT-Air II

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Price: $599

Why?

Considered by many to be the “ultimate” all-arounder, the GT-Air II is an extremely aerodynamic helmet affords wearers excellent airflow and road-noise management. As we have come to expect from Shoei, the quality of build is second-to-none. This is the high-end helmet to buy.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 3.8lbs
  • DOT certified

Our In-Depth Review

The GT Air II is the ideal sequel to the renowned GT Air, and when paired with the SENA SRL2, the GT Air II becomes a capable and connected helmet. The GT Air II is quiet and feature-rich, proving once again that Shoei makes some of the best helmets in the business. Read the complete Shoei GT Air II review.

 

Arai Signet-X

Arai Signet-X

Price: $629

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

If you’ve got a narrow (long oval) head shape, this is the helmet to wear. It has the signature Arai fit as well as the handmade quality that can only come from something artisan-made. Exceptional heat management comes standard, as does a clear Pinlock insert for fog control. A great helmet, without question.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: long oval
  • Weight: 3.5lbs
  • Price range: Under $700
  • DOT & SNELL certified

Our In-Depth Review

The Arai Signet-X is the answer for riders with “Narrow” head shapes and it brings all of the new Arai “X” features to their “Long Oval” head shape helmet, completing the triumvirate. Read the full 3,000+ word review.

 

 

Arai Regent-X

Arai Regent-X

Price: $559.95

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

The helmet features a PB-cLc shell that comes in four sizes. The shell’s shape is rounded—an Arai trick that’s designed to allow things to glance off the helmet. The lid also gets multi-layer EPS, good ventilation, an anti-microbial liner that is removable and washable, Snell certification, and a wider opening to make the helmet a little easier to get on and take off (a big complaint of other Arai lids from some folks).

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 3.41lbs
  • DOT & SNELL M2020 certified

Our In-Depth Review

Coming Q2 2021!

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Mini-Buyers Guide

What to Look for in a Full Face Helmet

Like all helmets, full face helmets come with a list of items to pay particular attention to. More complex than every other type of helmet, knowing what to look for can be the difference between an awesome experience and a terrible one.

Look for:

  • DOT/ECE certifications – Many inexpensive modular helmets showing up on Amazon and eBay are not DOT or ECE certified. This certification may save your life. Don’t cheap out- remember, you’re preparing for the slide, not the ride.
  • Comfort – Modulars are generally heavier than other types of helmets. Most of the helmets featured on this page use lightweight materials to minimize neck strain- useful, especially on long rides.
  • Head shape – While most people are an intermediate oval, not all are. Make sure you get a helmet designed for your head shape.
  • Shell material – Polycarbonate is okay, but you’d be better served with carbon fiber (expensive) or fiberglass. All the helmets called out here (save for one) are fiberglass.
  • Interior liner – All the helmets featured here offer removable liners that are anti-moisture and anti-bacterial. Avoid non-removable liners (found in cheap helmets)- it’ll be a stink factory before you know it.

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